Oscars 2013 – My top 10 Dresses

So it’s all over, the 2013 Oscars was one of the most anticipated ceremonies in recent years, with some real vintage films and performances to savour. In terms of the dresses, I don’t personally think it was a vintage year, most stars looked great, but safe in their choices, and there were so many strapless dresses that I was overjoyed when the long-sleeved vision of Jennifer Hudson walked onto the red carpet. But there were still some beautiful looks to enjoy, and so I have chosen my favourite 10, that I will announce, X Factor style, in no particular order.

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts looked sublime in a silver/gunmetal sequined gown from Armani Prive. The daring cut out detailing on the shoulder fitted perfect, and this gown, which on the wrong person could’ve looked a bit showgirl, just looked ultra glamorous on the beautiful Naomi.

Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta

Remember that scene in Sex in the City – An American Girl in Paris, when Petrovsky comes back from the gallery late, and finds a sleeping Carrie in the folds of the most exquisite grey ballgown? Well, that is what Amy Adams reminded me of in her fairytale Oscar De La Renta dress. In fact, I remarked to über blogger The Very Simon G that this was the sort of dress that SJP herself would’ve worn to the Oscars herself, and he agreed. The perfect Oscar dress.

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

I must admit to having a huge style crush on Kerry Washington, and she didn’t disappoint in Miu Miu. This splash of coral and the floral bodice stood out in the sea of nude dresses, and I loved the slightly 1960s feel of this dress. It was very Jackie Kennedy style, sort of like those dresses she wore when she visited Paris in those early days of Camelot.

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Jennifer Hudson bucked every trend on the night in this royal blue dress from Cavalli. Her long-sleeved, heavier long was fabulous, it fitted like a glove and glistened with silver on the red carpet. One of the best on the night, and definitely one of Jennifer’s best ever.

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott

Another hit from Nicole. This beautiful dress from L’Wren Scott had an art deco feel, with the shimmering black and gold swirled design. But it oozed sensuousness on the red carpet from a curvier Nicole. Hair was slightly scruffy, but you couldn’t argue with that dress.

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

The ever elegant Sandra Bullock went for a red carpet specialist in Elie Saab and was destined never to fail. She looked immaculate in a vintage style lace and bead evening gown that wouldn’t look out-of-place in ‘Dancing on the Edge’.  The bag was all wrong, but the dress was so right.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence looked like the winner she proved to be in this white princess gown from Dior Couture. Yes the dress was slightly bridal in style, but her elegant hair and make-up, and youthful addition of the knotted necklace tied down her back just added something that screamed ‘movie star’.

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

I’ve hummed and arghed about including this dress, even though I love it. The beading detail is exquisite, almost cobwebbed and the copper colour is beautiful. Jessica’s hair and make up just said Rita Hayworth reincarnated, so why was I stumbling? I guess the dress colour, though beautiful, is just so near to Jessica’s skintone, and I really wanted her to wear colour. But this is still a beautiful, old Hollywood goddess look, so a place on the list is only right.

Adele in Jenny Packham

Adele went back to black in beaded Jenny Packham and looked amazing. The dress was glamorous and exquisite in the bead detailing and was such a great success after the horror of the Grammys bedspread. Her 1960s beehive styled hair and perfect make-up made her number one in the beauty stakes too.

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture

And finally to perhaps the most fashion-forward gown of the night. From the ruffled hemline to the belted waistband, and those stunning floral applique details around the bodice, this was a real showstopping gown from Zoe Saldana. She carried this off as well as a catwalk model and was a vision amongst a sea of mediocrity.

So, that’s my ten. Have I missed your fave? Let me know whose look you loved (or hated!).

The Oscar Fashion Awards go to…

I adore the Oscars, it is, without doubt, my favourite fashion night of the year. And, despite the fact that E! stopped the red carpet coverage before the arrival of Angelina, Gwyneth, Natalie  or Sandra, this was still a vintage night for Fashion. So, here are my very own red carpet Oscars to celebrate all that was good in the Oscar Fashion World.

Best dressed

Angelina Jolie opted for classic black Atelier Versace, but with a thigh skimming split that kept her sexy bad-girl persona in place. I loved that she went for black velvet, bringing to mind a sexy, Hollywood version of our own Kate Middleton.

Super Gwyneth looked super gorgeous in her white super hero cape from Tom Ford.This was Ice Queen perfection and I loved everything, from the Grace Kelly hair to the jewelled cuff. The one outfit that truly made me gasp on the night.

Jessica Chastain looked glorious in an ornate brocade gown from Alexander McQueen. This was a classic McQueen gown, and I think that the deep colour helped her to avoid the washed out look that sometimes ruins her choices. This was perfect – this look needed no ‘Help’. (Groan..sorry, couldn’t resist).

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji was just a masterclass in dressing a curvy figure for pure red carpet glamour. She looked incredible in this draped and beaded dress.

Viola Davis made a spectacular entrance in this vibrant green dress by Vera Wang. The colour was perfect for her, and with that fantail and  pleating detail, this dress made that body look smoking hot. Her natural hair was also a big hit.

Rose Byrne does it again in a stunning,midnight blue sequinned gown from Vivienne Westwood. Like her jumpsuit at the SAG awards, this has a 1970s feel to it. I’m developing a real style crush on Rose, I hope someone gives her a huge juicy roll this year. Imagine the dress if she was nominated.

Deja Vu award

Emma Stone turned up in a wine coloured dress by Giambattista Valli that had people saying ‘haven’t I seen that before?’ The dress, with a rather fussy bow on the neck, was very similar to a red dress that Nicole Kidman had worn to the Oscars a few years ago. I personally didn’t really like either all that much…a bit like turning yourself into a (very pretty) parcel.

Services to vintage award

Natalie Portman opted for a true vintage gown, a 1954 Dior red polka dot strapless dress that was perfect for her petite frame,but was not all that exciting. Penelope Cruz was a revelation in an exquisite baby blue dress from Armani that turned her into a brunette Grace Kelly.This was very much a Princess gown and with 1950s bangs she was almost unrecognisable.

Sandra Bullock’s Marchesa gown also had a vintage feel. This monochrome dress with strong embroidered detail looked like it could’ve belonged to Constance Bennett or Joan Crawford in the 1930s. This did divide opinion, but I think it is just elegant.

The Oscar for dressing like an Oscar award

Gold has always been a popular colour at the Oscars, with many a golden girl seeking to emulate the man they all want to go home with (Oscar..not Clooney, although…). Stacy Keibler was definitely the golden princess in a gorgeous, off the shoulder lame style dress from Marchesa. This was some dress to carry off, but the statuesque, beautiful Stacy carried it off with aplomb. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Best actress winner Meryl Streep. Her gold dress may have been Lanvin,but it reminded me of  dressing gown that previously belonged to a drag queen.

The stick to what you know award

Some actresses just stick to what they know when it comes to style. The ever elegant Michelle Williams wore red for the SAG awards, strapless for the Baftas, and then combined the two for her Oscar dress. The Louis Vuitton gown with the peplum, ruffles and frills was just beautiful.

Rooney Mara also stuck to her usual fashion formula. Yes, this was white, rather than her trademark black, but the simple silhouette, the designer (Givenchy of course) and the lack of jewels and adornment meant that this was classic Rooney.

The JLo award for services to skin…

This obviously goes to Jennifer Lopez, who showed off that amazing body in a silver/white plunging dress by Zuhair Murad. This was probably more suited to the Grammys than the Oscars, but there is no question that she looked fabulous.